Are male or female school students aged 12-17 years more likely to have used amphetamines?

Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years, boys were slightly more likely than girls to have used methamphetamines in their lifetime and the past year. Boys and girls were equally as likely to have used in the past month.

In 2017, 3% of male Australian school students aged 12-17 years had used methamphetamine in their lifetime, compared to 1% of females. In 2017, 2% of male Australian school students aged 12-17 years had used methamphetamine in the past year, compared to 1% of females. In 2017, 1% of male Australian school students aged 12-17 years had used methamphetamine in the past month, compared to 1% of females.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria (2018). ASSAD 2017 Statistics & Trends: Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, and illicit substances.

† The Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey defines methamphetamine as speed, meth, or ice.